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Panthers Cut Tre Boston

The Panthers announced that they have released safety Tre Boston. Fullback Devon Johnson, cornerback Lou Young, and tackles Jack Rodgers and Jordan Rigsbee have also been shown the door. "<strong

Less than two months ago, it was reported that “at least one team” had reached out to the Panthers to inquire about Boston. His release at this juncture of the offseason comes as a bit of a surprise since the Panthers did not draft a safety last week. Boston appeared in 15 games (10 starts) last season and was projected to return as the team’s starting free safety in 2017.

Boston graded out as Pro Football Focus’ No. 46 safety last season, putting him in a three-way tie with Jairus Byrd and George Iloka. Boston’s coverage grades were not as strong as Byrd or Iloka, but he made up ground with a better showing in terms of pass rush. Boston’s 78.1 overall score stands as a career high, though he was roughly on the same plane in 2014 and 2015.

The Panthers currently have 86 players on the roster. After dropping Boston, they still have eight safeties on the roster: Mike Adams, Kurt Coleman, Colin Jones, Dean Marlowe, Travell Dixon, Dezmen Southward, Brian Blechen, and L.J. McCray.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 8/18/16

Today’s minor moves:

  • The Panthers announced that they have signed tackle Willie Smith and waved/injured fullback Devon Johnson, as Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer tweets.
  • The Falcons have reached an injury settlement with center Jake Reed, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (on Twitter).
  • The Redskins have waived offensive tackle Kevin Bowen with an injury designation, per Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post (Twitter link).
  • The Giants have waived defensive back Matt Smalley with a failure to disclose physical condition designation, tweets Wilson.
  • The Browns have reached an injury settlement with running back Patrick Skov, reports Wilson (via Twitter).

Panthers Agree To Sign Seven UDFAs

The Panthers have agreed to terms with seven undrafted free agents, the team announced today in a press release. Here’s a breakdown of the players who will officially be joining Carolina’s 90-man roster, according to the club: